SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT
With the Indian Navy’s first two carriers INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant deploying Russian built MiG-29K multirole fighters from their decks India has sought a new source of fighters for its third and largest carrier – INS Vishal. While the Vikramaditya, a heavily modified former Soviet Kiev class carrier, is currently in service and the Vikrant, the country’s first domestically built carrier, is in its late development stages, the INS Vishal remains in the mid-design stage and has yet to see its keel laid.
At 65,000 tons the Vishal will be by far the heaviest carrier commissioned into the Indian Navy, and is set to integrate several cutting edge technologies largely absent on previous Indian platforms. One prominent example are the navy’s plans to acquire U.S. electromagnetic launch systems (EMALS) developed for the U.S. Navy’s Gerald Ford class supercarriers to enhance the capabilities of the Vishal, which the United States military has agreed to provide in light of growing military cooperation between the two powers. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The Indian army will give Pakistan a reply “sooner rather than later” for the February 10 terror attack on a military camp in Jammu, General Bipin Rawat said. Six soldiers and a civilian were killed in the fidayeen attack in Sunjuwan by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists. Soon after the incident, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that Pakistan, which she accused of backing the attackers, would pay for its “misadventure”.
“Pakistan thinks it is fighting a war that is paying them dividends but we have several options, including surgical strikes,” the army chief said in an interview on Wednesday, without giving details that would compromise India’s tactical and strategic response. Continue reading
India’s state-owned Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has conducted a successful penetration trial of the critically important Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) ammunition, designed and developed for the Indian Army’s T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks.
“The trial results established the penetration capabilities of the indigenously designed FSAPDS ammunition, at par with NATO and Russian tank ammunition,” a DRDO document reads. Continue reading
Losing your loved one is never easy and the agony is impossible to describe. But how our military officers and their family deal with their loss often leaves everyone bewildered. And something similar happened at the funeral of Wing Commander D Vats, who lost his life recently in Assam.
In a tragic accident, two pilots of Indian Air Force were killed after a microlight helicopter in which they were travelling crashed in Majuli island on February 15. Attending the funeral was his wife and their newly-born baby. Continue reading
When it comes to making good military aircraft, some countries are obvious go-tos. The United States, France, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom all immediately spring to mind as creators of classic combat planes. Then, you’ve got some smaller countries, like Israel and Sweden, that have produced some great aircraft. It may be time now to include another country on that list: India.
In some ways, it’s not a surprise. India has built some modern fighters, like the Jaguar and MiG-27, under license from their original manufacturers. They’ve also managed to seriously upgrade their force of MiG-21 Fishbeds. The “Bison” program gave these 1960s-vintage fighters the ability to use modern missiles, like the AA-11 Archer and AA-12 Adder. India’s force of Fishbeds, however, was getting worn out. Continue reading
India and Canada pulled the visit by Justin Trudeau back from the brink Friday by issuing one of the most strongly worded joint statement on terrorism in recent times. Titled Framework for Cooperation between India and Canada on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, the joint document did not just call for action specifically against cross-border and state sponsored terrorism but also name-checked Pakistan based groups like LeT and Jaish.
Perhaps even more significant for India was the mention of Babbar Khalsa and International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) which were clubbed together with not just LeT, Jaish but also other more high-profile international terror groups like Al Qaida, ISIS and the Haqqani Network in the same statement. This is the first time that Canada has agreed to a mention of Sikh terror groups in a joint document with India. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Ianian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit this month was a subdued affair compared to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tehran last May. The reason is the differing preoccupations in both countries. The future of the Iran- P5+1-European Union (EU) nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), concluded in 2015, has a Damocles’ sword hanging over it, given U.S. President Donald Trump’s visceral opposition to it.
In addition, Iran is focussed on developments in Syria and Yemen. For India, dealing with China’s growing footprint in the Indo-Pacific and challenges in its immediate SAARC neighbourhood assume priority. Yet, there is a geographical dynamic that creates its compulsions for both countries. Continue reading
China stayed neutral as Pakistan was put back on an international terrorism financing “grey list”, three years after it was removed from that list. As the plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) closed in Paris on Friday, Pakistan’s fortunes plunged — from June, Pakistan will be under what is officially known as “direct ICRG reporting” which will place it under greater international scrutiny, make it more difficult to access overseas funding and directly hit its already ailing economy in an election year.
Pakistan will get on to the list from June 2018. They have time until then to make changes in their actions against terror groups. That is why, sources said Pakistan is not mentioned in the final statement by FATF today but will be put on the list at the next plenary which is in June. Continue reading
The Army Friday reached out to the rural youths motivating them to join the armed forces and serve the country. A defence spokesman said the Army conducted motivational lectures in Keri belt of Rajouri district with an aim to inspire young boys and girls to join the forces. Continue reading
Pakistan on Friday said it had arranged a visit of defence attaches of six countries, including from four permanent members of the United Nations, to the Line of Control to brief them about “Indian atrocities”.
A Pakistan Army spokesman said in a statement that defence attaches of the US, the UK, France, China, Turkey and Indonesia visited the LoC in Rawalakot sector. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The situation in south Kashmir has improved slightly in recent times, the Centre’s interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir said on Friday.
Dineshwar Sharma has already covered Anantnag and Kulgam since he launched his tour of the region from Shopian district on Thursday. “Hume mahool thoda better laga (things look a little better now),” he said, when asked how the situation on the ground when compared to his last visit in November. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Navy’s representatives part of Land-based Prototype (LBP) for Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System
The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology after missing several crucial deadlines has finally seemed to be back on track after land-based trials of the AIP Module in its Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) lab at Ambernath was reported progressing smoothly.
As per information coming in, NMRL was able to demonstrate AIP operation for the endurance of 14 days which was monitored by a team deputed from Indian Navy to monitor land-based trials of the AIP Module under simulated underwater condition. Continue reading
India is willing to help the US with aviation maintenance in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The Pentagon also praised India’s developmental role in the war-torn country.
“India has been very supportive, and they’ve pledged additional developmental aid in Afghanistan. They’ve been willing to help with aviation maintenance,” Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White told reporters. Continue reading
India on Friday successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable ‘Dhanush’ ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 kilometers from a naval ship off Odisha coast, defence officials said. The surface-to-surface missile, a naval variant of the indigenously-developed ‘Prithvi’ missile, was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal at around 10.52 am, the officials said.
‘Dhanush’ missile is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kilograms and hitting both land and sea-based targets, the sources said, adding that its trial was carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence forces. Continue reading
There has been much debate over the expansion of nuclear energy in India, the arguments covering a gamut of angles from safety and environmental concerns to liability, security and affordability. However, whether India should go down the nuclear path is a moot question. The issue is not if India needs nuclear energy but how quickly it can expand its capacity. To understand this, a few data points about its present situation need to be kept in mind.
As of January 2018, India generated 331 GW of electricity. Of this, some 66 per cent comes from thermal energy, 13.6 per cent from hydroelectric power, 18 per cent from renewable energy, and a mere two per cent from nuclear energy. Continue reading